Moy Park invests £180,000 in Craigavon hatchery

The new incubators at Moy Park's hatchery
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Moy Park has invested £180,000 in four incubators at its hatchery in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. 

The new incubators increase capacity at the parent stock hatchery by 16% and give Moy Park greater control over temperature, humidity and ventilation.

As well as improving hatchability, the new technology enhances the welfare of the chicks by monitoring and supplying precise levels of fresh air and oxygen for eggs and chicks at all times during incubation. The incubators also consume 20% less energy that previous machines.

This investment follows Moy Park’s recent announcement that it has increased its output to five million chickens per week for the first time in the company’s 72 year history, representing an increase of 60% in the past 6 years; growing from approximately 3.1 million birds per week in 2009.

Stephen Bamford, grandparent manager, said: “The results we have witnessed so far from the new system have been fantastic. The sophisticated technology continually monitors the temperature of the eggs and adapts to fluctuations to ensure chicks are of a consistent, high quality. Moy Park is committed to delivering industry leading operating processes and facilities, and this is another example of our commitment to that goal.”

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